WELL… Tonight, I had a LEGITIMATE REASON to shop. As mentioned yesterday, I’m off to Chicago in about 48 hours! YAY! On Saturday night, we’re going to stay downtown at a fabulous hotel in the city (and on my hotel points, might I add.)
We’re planning on going out that night. Shamefully, this girl does not go out on the town too often. Honestly, I work a lot. And more honestly, I haven’t felt for a long time like I wanted to put my body out there. Hiding felt more comfortable. BUT… In light of the recent physical changes and how it makes me feel mentally fabulous, it’s time to get out there!
If you were to look in my closet right now, you’d see LOTS of work clothes and LOTS of Colorado casual clothes (cute tops, jeans, scarves, etc), but you wouldn’t see many dresses. There’s a few maxi-dresses in the back, but that’s it.
I got it stuck in my head that I needed a sassy black dress for my Chicago debut, and a sassy little LBD (little black dress) is what I found.
|Please don’t try to dress like her, ladies!|
A Quick Note to my Size Changing Friends: Once you get out of plus size, you may feel a little bit stalled. You’re used to going to see your friends at Lane Bryant and other spots catering to plentiful bodies, but it takes a little while to find your go-to spots in regular sizes. The same is true when the opposite happens, I remember. I hit this panic button this morning, when I realized that I didn’t know where to go. I’ll also point out that the dresses I found online were, well, hoochie-looking. What are young women wearing these days? How many cut-outs are really necessary?? And, how tight can one dress be?? Frightening.
Through tips from friends, I decided to try Express, Banana Republic, and I tossed in White House Black Market as a wild card. Needless to say, the wild card was the winner. I have secretly lusted after White House Black Market… Everything in there looks so sophisticated! Also, I never knew that their sizes were 0-16. If that fits your size range… get in there!
Here’s the first dress I found. It’s hard to see the detail because it’s so black, but it has a ruffle near the chest and a 2nd ruffle at the bottom. Cute, cute. This dress made me feel (well) small and petite. It’s hard to describe, but I just felt great in it and had to buy it. It ALSO was on CLEARANCE. CUE THE SMILE!
PS… Yes, I did use the word “hoochie” above. What can I say, you can take a girl out of the South, but you can’t always take the South out of the girl. 🙂